Redback Wallmount Dimmer

Redback Wallmount Dimmer
GenVI
Advanced Dimming System
INSTALLATION and OPERATION
Version V 1.0
Covering software Version 1
January 2014
Document number: GenVI-T01U-A1
LSC Lighting Systems (Aust) Pty. Ltd.
ABN 21 090 801 675
Building 3, 66-74 Micro Circuit
Dandenong South, Victoria 3175 Australia
Tel: +61 3 9702 8000
Fax:+61 3 9702 8466
email: info@lsclighting.com
web: www.lsclighting.com
DISCLAIMER
LSC Lighting Systems (Aust) Pty. Ltd. has a corporate policy of continuous improvement, covering
areas such as product design and documentation. To achieve this goal, we undertake to release
software updates for all products on a regular basis. In light of this policy, some detail contained
in this manual may not match the exact operation of your product. Information contained in this
manual is subject to change without notice.
In any event, LSC Lighting Systems (Aust) Pty. Ltd. cannot be held liable for any direct, indirect,
special, incidental, or consequential damages or loss whatsoever (including, without limitation,
damages for loss of profits, business interruption, or other pecuniary loss) arising out the use or
the inability to use this product for its intended purpose as expressed by the manufacturer and
in conjunction with this operating manual.
Servicing of this product is recommended to be carried out by LSC Lighting Systems (Aust) Pty.
Ltd. or its authorized service agents. No liability will be accepted whatsoever for any loss or
damage caused by service, maintenance or repair by unauthorized personnel.
In addition, servicing by unauthorized personnel may void your warranty.
LSC Lighting Systems’ products must only be used for the purpose for which they were
intended.
Contents
1 Product Description
1.1
1
About this Manual __________________ 1
3.8.5
View Input
19
3.9.1
3.9.2
3.9.3
Code Upgrade
Reset
Fan Control
20
20
21
3.9
System Menu ____________________ 19
1.1.1
Conventions Used in this Manual
1
1.2.1
1.2.2
Features
GenVI Control Philosophy
1
1
3.10 Colour Theme Menu _______________ 21
3.11 Set DMX Term ___________________ 21
3.12 Lock / Unlock ____________________ 21
1.4.1
1.4.2
1.4.3
Output Connections
100-120VAC Input Power
3 Phase Delta Input Power
2
2
2
4 Alarms and Troubleshooting
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
Overview ________________________ 1
Models __________________________ 2
Factory Fitted Options ______________ 2
Front Panel _______________________ 2
Rear Panel _______________________ 2
2 Installation
2.1
2.2
2.3
Safety ___________________________ 4
Unpacking ________________________ 4
Connections ______________________ 4
2.3.1
2.3.2
Input Power Supply
Connecting DMX512
3 Menu System
3.1
3.2
3.3
4
4
4
5
Overview ________________________ 5
Help Screens _____________________ 5
Home Pages ______________________ 5
3.3.1
3.3.2
DMX Address Home Page
Dimmer Output Home Page
5
6
3.5.1
Chaser
9
3.7.1
3.7.2
3.7.3
3.7.4
3.7.5
Min Level
Max Level
Curve
Source
Default Channel Settings
12
12
12
12
13
3.8.1
3.8.2
3.8.3
3.8.4
Patch
16 Bit DMX Control
DMX Loss Memory
Auto Power
13
14
15
18
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
Dimmer Status ____________________ 7
Riggers Control ____________________ 9
Config Menu ______________________ 9
Channels Menu ___________________ 10
DMX Menu ______________________ 13
4.1
4.2
4.3
23
Maintenance _____________________ 23
Alarms _________________________ 23
Trouble Shooting _________________ 24
4.3.1
4.3.2
Rigger Test
DMX Control
24
24
5 DMX Explained
25
5.1
5.2
Overview _______________________ 25
Typical DMX Installations ___________ 25
6 RDM Explained
6.1
6.2
26
Overview _______________________ 26
GenVI RDM ______________________ 26
7 PTFD Explained
27
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.5
27
27
27
27
28
Overview _______________________
What is PTFD? ___________________
Opto-isolated Problems ____________
Hard Firing ______________________
The Proof _______________________
8 Specifications
29
9 Compliance Statements
30
9.1
9.2
CE Compliance Statement __________ 30
C Tick Compliance Statement _______ 30
Copyright Notices
GenVI dimmers are developed by LSC Lighting Systems (Aust) Pty. Ltd.
www.lsclighting.com
Copyright © 2014 LSC Lighting Systems (Aust) Pty. Ltd.
All rights reserved.
Contents of this manual, Copyright © 2014
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1.1
Product Description
ABOUT THIS MANUAL
This manual describes the installation, configuration and operation of the GenVI range of
advanced dimmers manufactured by LSC Lighting Systems.
1.1.1
Conventions Used in this Manual
There are four different colour themes that you can select on the GenVI touch screen. The
screen images in this manual use the default “Gothic” colour theme.
Throughout this manual, certain conventions have been used to make the meaning clearer.
 A word in Bold text represents a button on the touch screen.
 Emphasis is indicated by underlining.
 Notes or Hints are displayed in italic font
1.2
OVERVIEW
The GenVI dimmers can be controlled by any DMX512 or RDM lighting controller. Dimmer
configuration, patching and local control is achieved via a backlit colour touch screen on the
front panel. A lock code can be used to prevent unauthorised tampering. Most control
functions, configuration options and front panel operations can also be remotely controlled
using the RDM (Remote Device Management) protocol.
1.2.1
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Features
DMX512 (1990), DMX512-A (E1-11) and RDM (E1-20) compliant control.
If DMX is lost, the GenVI can either hold the last values or fade to a “DMX Loss
memory” after a programmable delay.
RCBO (Residual Current Breaker with Overcurrent) per channel. This is a combined
overload circuit breaker with earth leakage (RCD/GFI) protection and Neutral
Disconnect function for each circuit.
Individual dimmer channel settings for:
o DMX address patching.
o Minimum and maximum output levels.
o Choice of two fade curves (linear or s) or switched power output. Switched (LSC
Trupower) output provides direct power by utilising relays guaranteeing there
are absolutely no electronics in the circuit to interfere with connected loads.
LSC’s proprietary Current Control Technology © (CCT) protects all RCBO’s from
nuisance tripping due to cold lamp inrush currents.
13amp or 10amp per channel models.
Choice of output connectors.
Settable constant fan speed or fully automatic.
16 bit internal architecture which gives smooth fades. Essential when dimming LEDs.
16 bit DMX control selectable for super smooth fades.
Pulse transformers fired dimmers will dim most types of loads. See section 7.
100% duty cycle operation across all channels simultaneously.
CE and C tick approved.
1.2.2
GenVI Control Philosophy
Each GenVI dimmer channel can be individually configured to be controlled by either:
1. DMX Only. When configured for “DMX Only”, a dimmer channel is controlled from a
DMX lighting controller. If DMX fails, the channels can either hold their last state or
after a programmable delay time, fade to a “DMX Loss Memory” previously stored in
the GenVI.
2. Auto Power. When “Auto Power” is enabled, channels configured for “Auto Power”
will be automatically switched ON at full level whenever any valid DMX signal is
detected. These channels will remain on for a programmable “hold time” when DMX is
no longer detected. A channels “curve” must be set to “NonDim” before “Auto Power”
can be selected. See section 3.8.4
Dimmer channels can also be controlled from the touch screen by selecting Riggers Control.
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MODELS
The GenVI is available in two models:
 10 amps per channel.
 13 amps per channel.
1.4
FACTORY FITTED OPTIONS
1.4.1
Output Connections
Various output connector options are available. See the “Rear Panel” section below for
details.
1.4.2
100-120VAC Input Power
GenVI can be supplied for 100-120VAC input power operation.
1.4.3
3 Phase Delta Input Power
GenVI can be supplied wired for 3 phase Delta input power operation.
1.5
FRONT PANEL
The front panel contains the DMX input and through connectors, load RCBO’s (Residual
Current Breaker (RCD/GFI) with Overcurrent and Neutral disconnect), SD card slot (used for
software upgrades) and LCD touch screen.
RCBO Output Breakers
Touch screen
DMX Input
SD Card slot
DMX Thru
1.6
REAR PANEL
GenVI dimmers can be supplied with the following types of rear mounted load connections:
Output channel
number chart
Australian Sockets
Powercon Sockets
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Weiland Sockets
Socapex Sockets
Shuko Sockets
Installation Screw Terminals
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Installation
2.1
SAFETY
All electrical work must be carried out by suitably qualified persons.
2.2
UNPACKING
The GenVI dimmer is fully tested and inspected before leaving the factory. Upon delivery,
inspect the dimmer for signs of damage or mishandling. In the event of any damage, contact
your LSC agent.
2.3
CONNECTIONS
2.3.1
Input Power Supply
The GenVI dimmer must be fed from a suitable external circuit breaker.
Note: The rating of the Neutral conductor feeding the dimmer must be at least 1.25 times
that of rated limit of any of the Active phase conductors.
This is because various combinations of dimmer drive will result in a Neutral current higher
than the line current due to the phase control characteristics of these type of dimmers.
For example, a 40Amp 3 phase supply must have a neutral rated at 50Amps.
The nominal input voltage is 220-240 Volts. 3-phase Star (380-415V). 50-60Hz. 3 phase
Delta and 100-120VAC versions are available by special order from the factory.
The GenVI can be powered from:
 Three phase supply of nominal or 220-240VAC* at 50 - 60Hz of up to 40 Amps per
phase. See Neutral rating note above.
 Single phase supply of nominal or 220-240VAC* at 50 - 60Hz of up to 120 Amps.
Safety Note: Conversion between three phase and single phase operation should only be
undertaken by a suitably trained and qualified electrical technician.
2.3.2
Connecting DMX512
DMX 512 is the industry standard for the transmission of digital control signals between
lighting equipment. DMX is usually “looped” from one piece of equipment to the next. DMX
512 is connected to the dimmer via the front panel 5 pin XLR “DMX INPUT” socket.
A “DMX THRU” socket provides a loop output to feed other DMX equipment. If the DMX line
ends at this dimmer (is not looped to other dimmers or devices) then the DMX TERM switch
must be set to TERM. See section 3.11
LSC recommends the use of RS485 data cable or shielded CAT5 cable for the DMX
connections. Audio or Microphone cables must not be used.
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3.1
Menu System
OVERVIEW
The GenVI dimmer uses a touch screen with menus on the screen that provide the functions
to configure and operate the dimmer.
3.2
HELP SCREENS
Several menus have Help screens available. Press the ? button (when available) to see the
help screen. Press anywhere within the help screen to cancel.
3.3
HOME PAGES
There are two “home” pages that can be selected. Pressing View Mode changes the display
between the “DMX Address” home page and the “Dimmer Output” home page. Both home
pages provide access to the “Riggers Control” and “Config” menus.
3.3.1
DMX Address Home Page
The “DMX Address” home page has two formats:
 If a 1 to 1 patch is implemented (via the “DMX Address” button) it shows the DMX
addresses of the first and last channels of the dimmer (in a large and small font
respectively).
Page name
Dimmer
output
DMX slot of first
dimmer channel
DMX slot of last
dimmer channel
“DMX Address” Home Page with 1 to 1 Patch
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If channels are individually patched it shows the word “Patched” and the DMX
addresses of all channels in the dimmer.
DMX address of each
dimmer channel
Dimmer
output
“DMX Address” Home Page with channels individually patched
Individual channel patching is performed in the DMX menu. See section 3.8.1
Both displays also show a colour coded mini bar-graph of the dimmer output at the top of the
screen. See the “Dimmer Output” home page below for the colour code of the bar graph.
3.3.1.1
DMX Address
Patches are often performed in contiguous blocks of addresses. The “DMX Address” button
provides a rapid method of patching all of the dimmers in one GenVI rack to sequential DMX
slots, starting from a DMX address that you enter. This is commonly known as a 1 to 1 patch.
To perform a 1 to 1 patch, select the “DMX Address” home page (above) then press DMX
Address.
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Enter the DMX address for the first channel in this GenVI then press Apply.
3.3.2
Dimmer Output Home Page
Page name
Grey dot shows
“Maximum” level
set for a channel.
Grey dot shows
“Minimum” level
set for a channel.
“Dimmer Output” Home Page
The “Dimmer Output” home page has a large display of output levels of the dimmer channels
that also shows the control source of each channel according to the colour code.
 Green = DMX
 Blue = Auto Power or Backup (DMX loss) memory
 Red = Rigger control (via the touch screen)
Channels are controlled on a HTP (highest Takes Precedence) basis. If multiple sources are
controlling a channel (such as DMX and Riggers control) then the highest level will be output
and will hence determine the colour of the bargarph.
If a minimum or maximum level has been set for a channel they are indicated by grey dots
on the channels bargraph.
The top right corner of the screen shows the DMX address information.
 If a 1 to 1 patch is implemented it shows the DMX addresses of the first and last
channels of the dimmer rack.
 If channels are individually patched it shows the word “Patched”.
The “Dimmer Output” home page also and provides access to the Status menu.
3.3.2.1
Status
On the “Dimmer Output” home page, pressing Status shows the following information….
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It shows the presence of the input power phases, DMX presence, position of the DMX
termination switch, dimmer running time, last cause of a reset, internal temperature and the
fan speed and fan setting (constant speed or automatic).
Pressing About shows the software versions, RDM ID and the optional “Owner” name.
Pressing Owner allows you to enter a name for the dimmer. This owner name can be
password locked. See section 3.12
3.4
DIMMER STATUS
The large button at the bottom of both home pages shows the status of the following…
Fan is running
Temperature
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Auto Power shows the status of the “Auto power” function that switches on selected
channels when DMX is present. See section 3.8.4
Blue is active. Grey is not active.
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DMX Backup is the “DMX loss” memory. See section 3.8.3
Blue is active. Grey is not active.
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
P1, P2, P3 show the presence of the input power phases.
Green indicates power is present. Flashing red is not present.
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DMX shows the presence of a DMX control signal.
Green is DMX present. Flashing Red is not present.
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16-bit indicates that DMX control is using 16 bit resolution. See section 3.8.2
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TERM indicates that the DMX line is terminated by the GenVI dimmer. See section
3.11
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The GenVI has an internal cooling fan. The fan symbol is displayed when the fan is
running. The fan speed can be controlled. See section 3.9.3.
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The internal temperature of the GenVI is shown in degrees Celsius. The colour warns
you if the temperature is too high.
o At normal temperatures the display is green.
o At 65C the display turns yellow.
o At 75C the display turns red.
o At 85C it flashes red.
o At 90C the ALL OUTPUT is automatically switched OFF.
Either reduce the load or increase the cooling to reduce the temperature. If the
fan has been set to a constant slow speed either increase the speed or set it to
“Automatic”. See section 3.9.3.
When the temperature drops below 86 degrees the outputs are automatically switched back
on.
Touching
shows the legend for the display……
Touch anywhere within the legend window to close.
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RIGGERS CONTROL
To set the level of a channel(s) (or run a chaser) from the touch screen, from either home
page (above) press Riggers Control.
Output levels.
Channels under
Riggers Control
shown in red.
Non-dim
channel
The output of the Riggers Controls can be turned off or on by pressing
De activate/Activate. Channels are controlled on a HTP (highest Takes Precedence) basis.
If multiple sources are controlling a channel (such as DMX and Riggers Control) then the
highest level will be output.
To set the level of a channel(s), use the virtual faders or touch a fader then use the  or 
buttons. “Non-dim” channels have an On/Off push button switch instead of a fader. The button
turns green when it is on.
Press < or > to select more channels. When finished press Exit.
3.5.1
Chaser
To activate the chaser, from the “Rigger Control” (above), press Chaser.
To enable the Chaser press Activate.
Select a pattern using the 6 “Chase Pattern” buttons.
Set the speed in BPM (Beats Per Minute) by pressing the  or  buttons.
Use the “Direction” buttons to select l>>>l (forward), l<<<l (reverse) or l<>l (bounce from
end to end).
To disable the Chaser press De-Activate.
When finished press Exit.
3.6
CONFIG MENU
From either home page, pressing Config allows you to access a range of functions and setups
via sub-menus.
If the GenVI has been “locked”, the Config button is replaced by the Padlock button.
Touching the Padlock button and entering your code number unlocks the GenVI and reveals
the Config button. See section 3.12 for details on how to lock and unlock the GenVI.
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The following table shows the functions that can be performed in each sub menu.
3.7
Channels
DMX
System
Min Level
Max Level
Curve
Source
Patch
View DMX Input levels
Edit DMX Loss Memory &
Delay Time
Fade In/Out DMX Loss
memory
Enable Auto Power
Auto Power Hold Time
Code Upgrade
Reset
Fan Control
Lock
Colour
Theme
Set DMX Term
User
Owner
Service
Antarctic
Dawn
Redback
Gothic
On/Off
CHANNELS MENU
Selecting Config, Channels provides menus for configuring the following parameters for each
channel:
 Min. Minimum Level
 Max. Maximum Level
 Curve. The choices are: S curve diming, L (Linear) dimming or Non Diming.
 Source. The control source for the channel. The choices are: “DMX only” and “Auto
Power” (On at full whenever DMX is present).
Navigator shows
current group of 6
selected channels
highlighted
The screen shows the settings for the first 6 channels. Use the < or > buttons to see the
other groups of 6 channels. The navigator in the top right of the screen shows the selected
group highlighted.
Each channel button shows the settings for that channel.
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For example:
DMX Address
Channel Output
Number
Max =90%
Min = 10%
Control Source
Curve = Non-Dim
Control Source
Curve = S
Dimmer Channel 3
patched to DMX 55
Curve = Linear
To change the settings of a channel(s), select the channel(s) by touching it. You can select
multiple channels. To select a range of channels select your first channel then press Thru
then your last channel. Use the < or > buttons to see the other groups of 6 channels. Use All
to select all channels. Press None to de-select all channels.
The selected channels are highlighted in the navigator:
Selected
Channels
Selected
Channel
In this example channels 1, 2 and 9 are selected.
When you have selected your channel(s) press Edit.
There are 4 possible parameter menus: Min Level, Max level, Curve and Source. Use the 
and  “Parameter Selector” buttons to scroll through the parameter settings for the selected
channel(s).
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Help
Parameter
Selector
Parameter
Selector
Min Level
Max level
Curve
Source
Selected
Parameter
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A channel must be set to the “NonDim” curve before “Auto Power” can be selected as
the “Source”.
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If a channel is set to “NonDim” then the Min and Max settings are not available and
any Min or Max settings that may have been made are ignored.
Each parameter setting is described below and on screen ? (Help) also explains each
parameter.
3.7.1
Min Level
“Min” sets the level of the channel output when the control signal is set to minimum. For
example, setting this value slightly above zero is useful to “Pre-Heat” lamp filaments.
3.7.2
Max Level
“Max” sets the level of the dimmer output when its control signal is set to maximum. For
example, setting this value to 90% will extend the life of a lamp as it never operates on full
voltage or setting it to 50% provides 115 volt output.
3.7.3
Curve
Fade Curve is the curve or “transfer characteristic” between input control signal and dimmer
output. The following curves are available;
 S curve
 Linear curve
 Non Dim
When a channel is set to “Non Dim”, the channel will switch from OFF to full ON when the
control signal is raised above 60% and when the level drops below 40%, the channel will
switch OFF. “NonDim” is used for devices that do not fade, but need to be switched OFF or
ON such as motors or discharge lamps. Min and Max level are not available when Non Dim is
selected. GenVI “Non Dim” output provides direct power by utilising relays guaranteeing there
are absolutely no electronics in the circuit to interfere with connected loads.
3.7.4
Source
The GenVI channels can be individually configured to be controlled by either:

DMX only. When configured for “DMX Only” a channel is controlled from a DMX
lighting controller.

Auto Power. Channels configured for “Auto Power” are used to provide power to nondimmable fixtures whenever the lighting controller is switched on and hence a DMX
signal is detected on the input to the GenVI. When “Auto Power” is enabled (see section
3.8.4), channels configured for “Auto Power” will be automatically switched ON at full
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level whenever any valid DMX signal is detected. These channels will remain on for a
programmable “hold time” when DMX is no longer detected. GenVI switched output
provides direct power by utilising relays guaranteeing there are absolutely no
electronics in the circuit to interfere with connected loads.
3.7.5
Default Channel Settings
The default settings for channel parameters are;
ATTRIBUTE
Min Level
Max Level
Fade Curve
Control Source
3.8
DEFAULT SETTING
0%
100%
Linear Curve
DMX Only
DMX MENU
Selecting Config, DMX provides menus for:
 Patching DMX.
 Editing and activating the DMX Loss (D) memory.
 Enabling and time setting the Auto Power function.
 Viewing the Input DMX signal.
3.8.1
Patch
Each GenVI dimmer unit numbers its channels from channel 1 through to channel 12.
The patch menu allows you to patch (connect) DMX slots (addresses) from your DMX lighting
controller to GenVI channel numbers. Patches are often performed in contiguous blocks of
addresses.
Note: The DMX Address button on the “DMX Address” home page provides a rapid method
of patching all of the dimmers in one GenVI unit to sequential DMX slots, starting from a DMX
address that you select. See section 3.3.1.1
The “Patch” menu allows you to individually patch dimmers channels to DMX slots. Individual
patches are required when;
 A particular DMX slot number from the lighting controller is to control a particular GenVI
dimmer channel number.
 A single DMX slot number is to control multiple GenVI channel numbers.
To individually patch dimmers channels to DMX addresses press Config, DMX, Patch.
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The menu shows the first 6 channels. Use the < or > buttons to see the other groups of 6
channels. Touch a channel to select it. You can select multiple channels. To select a range of
channels select your first channel then press Thru then your last channel. Use All to select
all channels. Press None to de-select all channels.
When you have selected your channel(s) press Set Address.
Enter the required DMX address then press Apply.
If more than one channel is selected, then the lowest channel number will be patched to the
selected DMX slot and the following dimmers will be patched to the sequential DMX slot
numbers.
For example, if channels 1, 2, 3 and 10 are selected and DMX slot number 24 is applied the
result will be ……
Channel DMX Slot
1
24
2
25
3
26
10
27
To patch multiple channels to the same DMX slot patch them one at a time.
When finished patching press Exit.
If dimmer channels have been individually patched, then the “DMX Address” home page
displays a table showing the patches. For example:
3.8.2
16 Bit DMX Control
The DMX512-A signal contains the level information for 512 DMX slots (addresses). The
level for each slot is sent in 8 bits of data which gives a maximum resolution of 256 discrete
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levels between off and full on. If you require smoother fades, the GenVI dimmer can be set
to 16bit mode where each dimmer channel uses 2 DMX slots to control its level. This gives
65536 discrete levels when fading from off to full. Your lighting controller must also support
16 bit dimmers.
To use 16 bit control, from the “DMX Patch Setup” menu (above) press Enable 16-Bit. The
status area at the bottom of both home pages show you when 16 bit DMX control is
selected.
16 bit DMX control
is selected
See section 5 for more information on DMX.
3.8.3
DMX Loss Memory
The GenVI has a “DMX Loss Memory” that you can program. In the event that the DMX input
signal is lost, channels set to DMX control will hold their last DMX level for a programmable
“Delay” time. The default setting for this time is “Infinite”. If you set a delay time other than
“Infinite”, the channels will fade to the “DMX Loss Memory” when the delay time expires (up
to 1 hour). When DMX is restored, the GenVI will fade back (in 1 second) to the DMX signal.
To create or edit a “DMX Loss Memory” press Config, DMX.
The “DMX Loss Memory” pane has 3 buttons:
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

Press
to create or edit the memory as described below.
Press Delay to set the time that the GenV will wait after DMX is lost, until its output fades
to the “DMX Loss Memory”.
Press Fade In/Fade Out to see the DMX Loss memory on the output.
The
button shows a bargarph display of the current DMX Loss memory (if any) and also
its fade time in seconds. For example,
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Bargraph of DMX
Loss Memory
channel levels
When you press
, the “DMX Loss Memory” menu allows you to create or edit the “DMX
Loss Memory” by any of the following methods:
 Manually set channel levels using the controls on the screen.
 Take a Snap (snapshot) of the current DMX input signal.
 Take a Snap (snapshot) of the current state of the output.
Navigator shows
current group of 6
selected channels
highlighted
Selects next group
of 6 channels
You can also set a fade time for the DMX Loss Memory.
3.8.3.1
Manually Setting Channel Levels
The “DMX Loss Memory” menu (above) shows the first 6 channels. Use the < or > buttons to
see the other groups of 6 channels. The navigator at the top right of the screen shows current
group of 6 selected channels highlighted.
Touch a channel to select it. You can select multiple channels. To select a range of channels
select your first channel then press Thru then your last channel. Use All to select all channels.
Press None to de-select all channels. When you have selected your channel(s) press Level.
Use the keypad to set the level then press Apply.
3.8.3.2
Taking a Snapshot
To create a memory by taking a snapshot, press Snap from the “DMX Loss Memory” menu
above.
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Pressing DMX will take a snapshot of the current DMX input signal.
Pressing Outputs will take a snapshot of the current output of the GenVI. These
channel levels could be coming from DMX or Riggers Control or a combination of
both.
When you take the snap, the channels levels will be displayed in the box.
Channel levels in
the snapshot
To save the snapshot to the memory press Apply.
The channels levels that were captured in the snapshot can be edited by manually setting
channel levels as described above.
3.8.3.3
Fade Time
When editing the DMX Loss memory (above), you can set a fade (in/out) time for the memory
by pressing Fade.
Enter a time in seconds (0 to 99.99) then press Apply.
3.8.3.4
Fade In/Out
The DMX Loss memory is normally activated automatically when DMX is lost but you can
also manually fade the memory in or out using the Fade In / Fade Out button.
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Fade In/
Fade Out
3.8.4
Auto Power
Many lighting fixtures such as LED’s and moving fixtures require a constant source of nondimmed power when they are operating. Normally you would manually switch on the power
to these devices prior to a show and manually switch them off at the conclusion. Auto Power
is a feature that automatically switches selected GenVI channels to full ON whenever there is
a DMX signal present on the input to the GenVI and switches them OFF when the lighting
controller is turned off and the DMX signal is not present. A “Hold Time” can be set to prevent
fixtures being turned off if there is a short interruption to the DMX signal and also to allow for
a cool down period for the fixtures.
In the following example, the 3 moving fixtures require non-dimmed power plus DMX for
control. They are connected to a GenVI channel that is configured for “NonDim” and “Auto
Power”. The 2 conventional fixtures are connected to GenVI channels configured for either “S
Curve” or “L Curve” dimming outputs. When the lighting controller is switched on, the GenVI
detects the DMX signal and automatically switches on the power to the moving fixtures.
Lighting
Controller
DMX
DMX Splitter
GenVI
Dimmer
DMX
Non-dimmed Power
Dimmed
Power
Note: To make a channel switch On when DMX is present you must “Enable” Auto Power as
described below and also select “Non Dim” as the channel’s “Curve” and “Auto Power” as the
channel’s “Control Source”. See section 3.7 for details.
To enable “Auto Power” select the DMX Setup menu by pressing Config, DMX.
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The “Auto Power” pane has 2 buttons:
 Press Disable to disable the Auto Power function. The button then changes to Enable.
This is a global setting for all channels that have their control source set to “Auto Power”
 Press Hold Time and enter a time from 1 to 60 minutes. This is the time that the “Auto
Power” channels will stay ON when the DMX signal is lost.
3.8.5
View Input
The “DMX Setup” menu allows you to view the channel levels on the DMX input. Press
View Input.
Press either > or > to scroll through all slots in the DMX Universe.
3.9
SYSTEM MENU
Selecting Config, System provides menus for the following functions:
 Code Upgrade.
 Reset.
 Fan Control.
 Service. (Factory use only).
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Code Upgrade
LSC Lighting Systems has a corporate policy of continuous improvement to its products. The
GenVI dimmer software (firmware) is subject to this policy as new features are added and
existing features improved. The software version of your GenVI dimmer can be checked from
the “Dimmer Output” home page by pressing Status, About.
To upgrade your GenVI software, download the latest version from the LSC web site,
www.lsclighting.com and save the new software to an SD Card. Both HC and low density
format cards are supported. The file will be called “GNV_V*.bin” where # is the version
number.
Press Config, System, Code Upgrade.
Insert the SD card and follow the onscreen instructions.
3.9.2
Reset
The GenVI provides two different types of reset function. Press Config, System, Reset.
3.9.2.1
Restart
In the unlikely event that the GenVI fails to respond, the operating system may be restarted
so that the software may initialise and recommence normal operation. Performing a restart
will not affect any of the settings or memory.
3.9.2.2
RESET To Defaults
This will ERASE all memory from the GenVI and reset to defaults.
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3.9.3
Menu System
Fan Control
The internal fan in the GenVI is used to control its temperature. To set the fan control press
Config, System, Fan Control.
There are two choices of fan control:
 Auto Speed. The fan runs automatically when required. The higher the temperature
the faster the fan runs.
 Constant Speed. The fan runs constantly at a speed that you set from the touch
screen. The speed range is from 0 to 100%.
3.10 COLOUR THEME MENU
Selecting Config, Colour Theme provides menus for changing the colour of the display. The
choices are:
The default colour is “Gothic”.
3.11 SET DMX TERM
Selecting Config, Set DMX Term On/Off switches the internal DMX termination switch On
or Off respectively. See section 5 for more details on DMX.
3.12 LOCK / UNLOCK
To lock the touch screen of the GenVI and prevent unauthorised access press Config.
Lock/Unlock
Pressing the “Padlock” symbol provides 3 levels of lock.
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User. Locks out the “Config”, “Owner”, “Riggers Control” and “DMX Address” menus.
Owner. Locks out the “Config” and “Owner” menus.
Service. Locks out the “Service” menu.
Note: The “Service” menu is used for factory setup and has no user functions. It is always
locked.
Pressing a Lock button reveals a “Lock” keypad. Enter a four digit code and the Lock button
appears.
Press Lock to lock the selected level.
If “User” or “Config” are locked, the “Config” button is replaced by a Padlock symbol.
Locked
To unlock, press the
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Alarms and Troubleshooting
Warning. No user controls or user serviceable parts are located inside the GenVI Dimmer.
Refer all servicing to suitably qualified personnel.
4.1
MAINTENANCE
Ensure that the air vents are free from dust.
Check that the GenVI contains the latest software release.
4.2
ALARMS
The Status bar at the bottom of the “Home Screens” indicates the following:

Auto Power shows the status of the “Auto power” function that switches on selected
channels when DMX is present. See section 3.8.4
Blue is active. Grey is not active.

DMX Backup is the “DMX loss” memory. See section 3.8.3
Blue is active. Grey is not active.

P1, P2, P3 show the presence of the input power phases.
Green indicates power is present. Flashing red is not present.

DMX shows the presence of a DMX control signal.
Green is DMX present. Flashing Red is not present.

16-bit indicates that DMX control is using 16 bit resolution. See section 3.8.2

TERM indicates that the DMX line is terminated by the GenVI dimmer. See section
3.11

The GenVI has an internal cooling fan. The fan symbol is displayed when the fan is
running. The fan speed can be controlled. See section 3.9.3.

The internal temperature of the GenVI is shown in degrees Celsius. The colour warns
you if the temperature is too high.
o At normal temperatures the display is green.
o At 65C the display turns yellow.
o At 75C the display turns red.
o At 85C it flashes red.
o At 90C the ALL OUTPUT is automatically switched OFF. A WARNING IS
DISPLAYED ON ALL PAGES OF THE SCREEN.
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Either reduce the load or increase the cooling to reduce the temperature. If
the fan has been set to a constant slow speed either increase the speed or set
it to “Automatic”. See section 3.9.3.
When the temperature drops below 86 degrees the outputs are automatically switched back
on.
Touching
shows the legend for the display……
Touch anywhere within the legend window to close.
4.3
TROUBLE SHOOTING
If a channel is not working check the Circuit Breaker for that channel.
If the Circuit Breaker has tripped (OFF), firstly try to determine the cause of the breaker
tripping. It could be a blown lamp, a circuit overload or and earth leakage fault. Rectify the
problem (replace the lamp or reduce the load) then restore the Circuit Breaker. If the Circuit
Breaker continues to trip, refer the problem to a suitably qualified person.
4.3.1
Rigger Test
You can test the operation of a dimmer channel from the “Riggers Control” on the LCD touch
screen. See section 3.5
4.3.2
DMX Control
If the dimmer is working from the Riggers Control but not via DMX, check that the dimmer is
patched to the correct DMX slot and correctly configured for DMX control.
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DMX Explained
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5.1
DMX Explained
OVERVIEW
DMX512/1990-A is the industry standard for the transmission of digital control signals
between lighting equipment. It utilises just a single pair of wires on which is transmitted the
level information for the control of up to 512 DMX slots (addresses or channels).
The information for each slot is sent sequentially. The level of slot 1 is transmitted, then the
level of slot 2, then 3, etc. up to a maximum of 512 slots. This stream of data containing the
levels for all 512 DMX slots is repeated a minimum (Generally) of 44 times per second. This
provides sufficient updates of channel information for smooth fade transitions.
As the DMX512-A signal contains the level information for all slots, each piece of equipment
needs to be able to read the level(s) of the slots(s) that apply only to that piece of equipment.
To enable this, the GenVI dimmer has a “DMX Patch” menu that allows you to patch (connect)
each DMX slot (address) from your lighting controller to a GenVI channel number or to
multiple channel numbers.
When good quality data cables are used, DMX512 cable runs may be up to 1,000 metres in
length. When several DMX feeds are required (to feed different locations), DMX512 splitters
must be used. These provides multiple isolated DMX512 feeds.
The GenVI uses a high impedance DMX input circuit allowing you to loop the DMX signal from
one GenVI to the next. The last GenVI in the chain must have the “DMX Terminate switch”
set to TERM to terminate the line.
Note: Do not use unscreened microphone or low speed data cables for DMX. This can cause
problems in the DMX network. Make sure the cable conforms to the EIA485 cable
requirements by providing the following specifications:
 Low capacitance
 One or more twisted pairs
 Foil and braid shielded
 Impedance of 85 -150 Ohms, nominally 120 Ohms
 22AWG gauge for continuous lengths over 300 metres
5.2
TYPICAL DMX INSTALLATIONS
In the following example, the DMX output signal from the lighting control desk is fed to the
DMX connector of the first GenVI dimmer. The DMX cable is then looped to the following
GenVI dimmers. The order of the daisy chaining is not important as each GenVI channel can
be patched to any DMX slot number. The end of the DMX line is terminated to prevent the
signal reflecting back up the line and causing possible errors.
GenVI
DMX Slots
1-24
DMX
Cable
GenVI
DMX Slots
25-48
GenVI
DMX Slots
49-60
GenVI
DMX Slots
61-66
Termination
Switch set
to TERM
Lighting
Controller
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6.1
RDM Explained
OVERVIEW
RDM stands for Remote Device Management. It is an “extension” to DMX.
Since the inception of DMX it has always been a ‘one way' control system. Data only ever
flows in one direction, from the lighting controller outwards to whatever it may be connected
to. The controller has no idea what it is connected to, or even if what it's connected to is
working, switched on, or even there at all!
RDM changes all that allowing the equipment to answer back!
An RDM enabled moving light, for example, can tell you many useful things about its operation
- the DMX address it is set to, the operating mode it is in, whether its pan or tilt is inverted
and how many hours since the lamp was last changed.
But RDM can do more than that. It isn't limited to just reporting back, it can change things
as well. As its name suggests, it can remotely manage your device.
RDM has been designed to work with existing DMX systems. It does this by interleaving its
messages with the regular DMX signal over the same wires. There is no need to change any
of your cables but because RDM messages now go in two directions, any in-line DMX
processing you have needs to be changed for new RDM hardware. This will most commonly
mean that DMX splitters and buffers will need to be upgraded to RDM capable devices.
To utilise RDM you will also need an RDM controller. Presently these are devices that plug in
to the DMX line and talk the RDM language. They put the messages on to the DMX line, listen
for any replies and display the results via an attached computer. The latest lighting consoles
now also come with RDM controllers built in.
RDM also has the ability to read and report operating statistics and error conditions from any
enabled equipment that supports it. This opens up the possibility of remotely monitoring the
condition of your lighting rig and getting notice of failed equipment or even advanced notice
of things that may be cause for concern. For example, a moving light that reports a very high
bulkhead temperature may be suffering from a failed fan or clogged filter or a scroller that
reports a high motor current may have a jammed scroll.
6.2
GENVI RDM
LSC’s GenVI Dimmer range are RDM enabled products. This allows you to use RDM to
interrogate the dimmer to find out its status such as:
 Temperature.
 Fan Speed.
 Presence of input power phases 1-3.
The GenVI will also send out an over temperature alarm when the temperature
reaches 90 Celsius.
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7.1
PTFD Explained
OVERVIEW
PTFD stands for “Pulse Tranformer Fired Dimmer”. It is a tried and proven piece of dimmer
technology that is used in top quality dimmers including LSC’s GenVI range. However, many
dimmer manufacturers now use low cost opto-isolator circuitry in their dimmers which can
have some short comings as described below.
7.2
WHAT IS PTFD?
PTDF dimmers use a small “pulse transformer” to control their internal power control device,
usually a triac or an SCR. We will use the Generic term “triac”. The triac is the part of the
dimmer that actually controls the voltage coming out of the dimmer to the load. A 12
channel dimmer needed 12 transformers, one per channel. The transformer is used to
provide isolation between the high voltage (100-240v) mains output and the low voltage
(~12v) of the dimmer electronics. A pulsed signal is fed into the input of the transformer,
and the output is connected to the input of the triac. The result is a dimmer that can control
virtually any type of connected load. This includes inductive loads such as anything with a
transformer in it. Examples are pin spots, 12v EVL dichroic lamp systems, reactive loads,
discharge lamps and fluorescent lamps.
In the 1980’s a new integrated circuit device became available known as an “opto-isolator”
(also known as an optocoupler or a MOC). This device uses a LED and a phototransistor to
provide the same level of high-low voltage isolation as a pulse transformer but at a far
lower cost. Due to the lower cost and the fact that an IC is easier to work with than a
transformer in manufacturing, the vast majority of dimmer manufacturers switched to this
great new device.
7.3
OPTO-ISOLATED PROBLEMS
The opto-isolators used in low cost dimmers have one major disadvantage. They do not
provide the power to drive the triac! Instead the dimmer circuitry relies on the connected
load to power the triac. Therefore the opto-isolated dimmer’s performance is dependent on
the load connected to it. In the case of a simple high power load such as a 1000 watt lamp
this is not usually a problem. The problems occur when you try to control any of the
following loads:
 Very low power circuits such as a 15w festoon lamp.
 Inductive loads, such as Pin spots or ELV 12v dichroic lamp systems.
 Transformers such as gobo rotator power supplies.
 Motors, such as mirror ball rotators.
 Motorised Disco Effects. These often contain a motor and a transformer.
 Reactive loads such as Intelligent lights, Discharge lamps and Fluorescent lamps
If the load is very small there is just not enough power to fire the triac. The result is that
most opto-isolated dimmers require a minimum load of 100 watts in order to work. If the
load is inductive or reactive then there is a problem with the voltage and current getting out
of phase with each other which can cause a false trigger of the triac, which causes the lights
to flicker or flash. If the load is both of the above such as a small transformer driving a
gobo rotator or a 35 watt dichroic lamp then some opto-isolated dimmers will turn on but
never turn off, so your light or gobo rotator keeps working at full power, even with the
dimmer control at zero!
A PTFD dimmer rack does not have any of these problems. It simply dims the light as the
operation of the triac is completely independent of the load.
7.4
HARD FIRING
Some manufacturers use opto-isolators but employ a technique called “Hard Firing” to try
and overcome the problems listed above. Hard firing involves sending a string of small
pulses to the opto-isolator (just like we do with our PTFD’s), so that if/when the triac
misfires or turns off from a lack of power, it will automatically re-trigger. Whilst this can
help the situation the dimmer still cannot control certain loads. Some sales jargon will try to
convince you that Hard Firing solves all the problems with opto-isolation. It does not!
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The best way to prove this is to demonstrate the problem. LSC staff carry a pin spot, a 12v
desk lamp with transformer and a mirror ball motor with them when they do
demonstrations. The LSC PTFD dimmers can control all of these devices without any
problem. Almost all opto-isolated dimmers fail this demonstration completely. The mirror
ball motor does not start or if it does it never stops. The pin spot flickers at low levels and
the 12v desk light cannot be dimmed and stays on at full brightness as the dimmer channel
is dimmed up and down.
LSC GenVI dimmers are PTFD dimmers.
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Specifications
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Power Input
Control Inputs
Outputs
Load Output per
Channel
Duty Cycle
Construction
Dimensions and
weights
Specifications
Nominal: 220-240 Volts.
3-phase star (380-415V). 50-60Hz
(Single phase operation possible. See section 2.3.1)
Operating range : Typically 190-260V, 45-65Hz
3-phase delta connection is available as a factory fitted option.
DMX512 (1990) or DMX512-A (E1-11) and RDM (E1-20) via 5 pin XLR.
Several types of output connections can be ordered:
 Australian 3 pin sockets.
 Powercon sockets.
 Shuko sockets.
 Harting 16 sockets.
 Socapex.
 Screw terminals.
10A or 13A maximum load per channel with each channel protected by a
RCBO (Residual Current Breaker with Overcurrent).
LSC’s proprietary Current Control Technology © (CCT) protects all
RCBO’s from nuisance tripping due to cold lamp inrush currents.
Rated at 100% across all channels simultaneously at 25°C ambient.
19 inch rack mounting. 3 RU (Rack Units) high.
Dimensions: 69 x 43 x 12cm
Box dimensions: 70 x 45 x 15cm
Packed weight: 15kgs
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9.1
Compliance Statements
CE COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
The GenVI Dimmer from LSC Lighting Systems (Aust) Pty. Ltd. has been designed and tested to
the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) standard– EN55022
(Information Technology Equipment).
9.2
C TICK COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
All LSC products with CE Compliance automatically comply with C-Tick requirements as per
Section 182 of the Radio-communications Act 1992. LSC Company Registration number is N921.
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